Instant Replay (The Monkees album)

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Instant Replay
Instant Replay.jpg
Studio album by The Monkees
Released February 15, 1969
Recorded July 1966 – January 1969
Genre Pop rock, psychedelic rock
Length 33:31
Label Colgems (original U.S. release)
RCA Records (original release outside U.S.)
Rhino (1985 LP reissue + 1995 and 2011 CD reissues)
Producer Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Neil Sedaka, Carole Bayer Sager, Davy Jones, Bones Howe
The Monkees chronology
Head
(1968)
Instant Replay
(1969)
Greatest Hits
(1969)
Singles from Instant Replay
  1. "Tear Drop City" / "A Man Without a Dream"
    Released: February 8, 1969
Cover for Rhino CD Reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Swaptree (favorable)[citation needed]

Instant Replay is the seventh studio album by The Monkees. Issued six months after the cancellation of the group's NBC television series, it is also the first album released after Peter Tork left the group and the only album of the original nine studio albums that does not include any songs featured in the TV show from the original NBC run nor the CBS/ABC reruns.

History[edit]

Although the Monkees had recorded dozens of tracks between the time of their last studio album, spring 1968's The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees (a soundtrack LP from their film Head had been released between the two studio LPs), several of the songs on Instant Replay actually dated from sessions up to two and a half years earlier.

The band's new music supervisor, Brendan Cahill, believed that releasing previously unused tracks recorded in 1966—prior to the group's seizing control of their own recording process—was the way for the group to get back to the top. The album's lead single, "Tear Drop City," was one of the songs taken from the vault. The song was sped up around 9 percent from the original recording, changing the song's key from G to A-flat. The single, notably similar to the group's first hit "Last Train to Clarksville", was identified by Michael Nesmith as their intended first single in 1966. The track was not a major hit, only managing to reach No. 56 on the U.S. charts, while reaching No. 34 in Australia. Despite the single's poor chart performance, the album itself reached the top 40 at No. 32.

Micky Dolenz's "Just a Game" had originally been written during the sessions of the Headquarters album, while Nesmith's "Don't Wait for Me" was the first released product of his 1968 sessions with Nashville studio musicians. Davy Jones' "You and I," with its lyrics bemoaning the fickle pace of teen stardom, featured guitar work from Neil Young.

Production notes[edit]

Two songs from these sessions, "A Man Without a Dream" and "Someday Man" (later issued as the b-side of the "Listen to the Band" single) were produced by Bones Howe and recorded at Wally Heider's Studio. Howe brought in Wrecking Crew musicians including Tommy Tedesco (guitar), Joe Osborn (bass) and Hal Blaine (drums) and a nine-piece horn section. Despite having already quit the group, Peter Tork makes an appearance on this album by playing guitar on "I Won't Be the Same Without Her."

Track listing[edit]

Original 1969 Colgems vinyl issue[edit]

Side 1

All tracks written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, except where noted.

No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Through the Looking Glass" (Red Baldwin, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) Micky Dolenz 2:43
2. "Don't Listen to Linda" Davy Jones 2:49
3. "I Won't Be the Same Without Her" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) Michael Nesmith 2:42
4. "Just a Game" (Micky Dolenz) Micky Dolenz 1:49
5. "Me Without You" Davy Jones 2:11
6. "Don't Wait for Me" (Michael Nesmith) Michael Nesmith 2:36
Side 2
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "You and I" (Bill Chadwick, David Jones) Davy Jones 2:15
2. "While I Cry" (Michael Nesmith) Michael Nesmith 3:01
3. "Tear Drop City" Micky Dolenz 1:59
4. "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Sedaka) Davy Jones 2:43
5. "A Man Without a Dream" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) Davy Jones 3:04
6. "Shorty Blackwell" (Micky Dolenz) Micky Dolenz 5:46

1995 Rhino CD reissue[edit]

Tracks 1-12: Original album

  1. "Someday Man" (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams) - 2:40
  2. "Carlisle Wheeling" (Second Recorded Version) (Nesmith) - 3:11
  3. "Rosemarie" (First Recorded Version) (Dolenz) - 2:15
  4. "Smile" (Jones) - 2:20
  5. "St. Matthew" (Early Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:44
  6. "Me Without You" (Alternate Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:12
  7. "Through the Looking Glass" (Early Mix) (Baldwin, Boyce, Hart) - 2:48

2011 Rhino Handmade deluxe CD reissue[edit]

Rhino Handmade released an 89-track deluxe edition 2011. Disc 1 features stereo versions and various remixed versions. Disc 2 features mono released and unreleased versions. Disc 3 features alternate takes, backing tracks, and tapes from 33⅓ Revolutions per Monkee (*). The 7" vinyl has two songs sourced from acetate, alternate mixes of "I Go Ape" and "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love" .[2]

Disc 1 (The Original Stereo Album)

Tracks 1-12: Original album in stereo

  1. "Someday Man" (Single B-Side) (Nichols, Williams) - 2:42
  2. "Carlisle Wheeling" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:17
  3. "Mommy and Daddy" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Dolenz) - 1:59
  4. "Look Down" (King, Stern) - 2:51
  5. "If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again" (Keller, Russell) - 2:44
  6. "Me Without You" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:10
  7. "Smile" (Jones) - 2:19
  8. "Nine Times Blue" (Nesmith) - 2:11
  9. "Shorty Blackwell" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Dolenz) - 6:14
  10. "St. Matthew" (Nesmith) - 2:43
  11. "Some of Shelly's Blues" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 1:51
  12. "Hollywood" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:17
  13. "Don't Wait for Me" (Alternate 1968 Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:34
  14. "Propinquity" (I've Just Begun to Care) (1968 Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:20
  15. "The Crippled Lion" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:50
  16. "How Insensitive" (Jobim, de Moraes, Gimbel) - 2:31
Disc 2 (Mono Mixes and Rarities)
  1. "Through the Looking Glass" (1968 Mono Mix) (Baldwin, Boyce, Hart) - 2:50
  2. "Don't Listen to Linda" (1968 Mono Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:50
  3. "I Won't Be the Same Without Her" (1968 Mono Mix) (Goffin, King) - 2:41
  4. "Just a Game" (Alternate Vocal - Mono Mix) (Dolenz) - 1:51
  5. "Me Without You" (Fuzz Guitar Version - Mono Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:10
  6. "Don't Wait for Me" (Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:33
  7. "You and I" (1968 Mono Mix) (Chadwick, Jones) - 2:19
  8. "While I Cry" (UK Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:59
  9. "Tear Drop City" (Mono Promo Single Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:04
  10. "A Man Without a Dream" (Mono Promo Mix) (Goffin, King) - 3:05
  11. "Someday Man" (1968 Mono Mix) (Nichols, Williams) - 2:49
  12. "Hollywood" (Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:16
  13. "Mommy and Daddy" (1968 Mono Mix) (Dolenz) - 2:26
  14. "You and I" (1968 Rough Mix) (Chadwick, Jones) - 2:25
  15. "Carlisle Wheeling" (Alternate Vocal - 1969 Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:15
  16. "Rosemarie" (1969 Mono Mix) (Dolenz) - 2:31
  17. "Changes" (1968 Mono Mix) (Jones, Pitts) - 2:35
  18. "Good Clean Fun" (Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:18
  19. "Through the Looking Glass" (Fuzz Guitar Version - Mono Mix) (Baldwin, Boyce, Hart) - 2:49
  20. "All the Grey Haired Men" (Mono Backing Track) (Keller, Russell) - 2:23
  21. "War Games" (1968 Mono Mix) (Jones, Pitts) - 2:50
  22. "Propinquity" (I've Just Begun to Care) (Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:19
  23. "My Share of the Sidewalk" (Version 2 - Mono Backing Tracks) (Nesmith) - 2:51
  24. "Party" (1968 Mono Mix) (Jones, Pitts) - 3:06
  25. "The Crippled Lion" (Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:50
  26. "If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again" (Mono Backing Track) (Keller, Russell) - 2:50
  27. "Some of Shelly's Blues" (1968 Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:30
  28. "Smile" (1968 Mono Mix) (Jones) - 2:23
  29. "Nine Times Blue" (Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:06
Disc 3 (Sessions)
  1. "Through the Looking Glass" (Backing Track - Take 11) (Baldwin, Boyce, Hart) - 2:49
  2. "Don't Listen to Linda" (Backing Track - Takes 1-3) (Boyce, Hart) - 4:22
  3. "I Won't Be the Same Without Her" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Goffin, King) - 3:58
  4. "Carlisle Wheeling" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Nesmith) - 3:36
  5. "Nine Times Blue" (Backing Track - Take 6) (Nesmith) - 2:21
  6. "Look Down" (Backing Track - Take 1) (King, Stern) - 3:27
  7. "Just a Game" (Backing Track - Takes 1-2) (Dolenz) - 3:09
  8. "You and I" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Chadwick, Jones) - 2:32
  9. "That's What It's Like Loving You" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Jones, Pitts) - 3:03
  10. "Smile" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Jones) - 2:31
  11. "A Man Without a Dream" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Goffin, King) - 3:21
  12. "A Man Without a Dream" (Alternate Vocal - Take 14) (Goffin, King) - 3:55
  13. "Someday Man" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Nichols, Williams) - 3:23
  14. "Someday Man" (Alternate Mix) (Nichols, Williams) - 3:25
  15. "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love" (1968 Backing Track - Take 12) (Michael Martin Murphey) - 3:05
  16. "I Go Ape" (Backing Track - Take 10) (Sedaka) - 2:21
  17. "Wind Up Man (Backing Track - Take 1) (Bill Dorsey) - 1:09
  18. "String for My Kite" (Version 1 Backing Track - Take 1) (Dorsey) - 1:09
  19. "Naked Persimmon" (Backing Track - Take 1) (Nesmith) - 2:03
  20. "Goldie Locks Sometime" (Backing Track - Take 4) (Dorsey) - 3:29
  21. "String for My Kite" (Version 2 Backing Track - Take 1) (Dorsey) - 1:13
  22. "Darwin" (Backing Track - Take 2) (Dorsey) - 0:52
  23. "St. Matthew" (Alternate Vocal) (Nesmith) - 2:47
  24. "Don't Wait for Me" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:39
  25. "Rosemarie" (Alternate Stereo Mix) (Dolenz) - 2:36
  26. "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love" (1968 Mono Soundtrack Master) (Murphey) - 2:24
  27. "Naked Persimmon" (1968 Mono Soundtrack Master) (Nesmith) - 2:36
  28. "Goldie Locks Sometime" (1968 Mono Soundtrack Master) (Dorsey) - 2:17
  29. "Darwin" (1968 Mono Soundtrack Master) (Dorsey) - 0:41
  30. "I Go Ape" (1968 Mono Soundtrack Master) (Sedaka) - 2:12
7" Vinyl 45

Side 1: I Go Ape (Acetate Version) (Sedaka, Greenfield) - 2:53
Side 2: (I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love (Acetate Version) (Murphey) - 2:24

Session information[edit]

Through the Looking Glass

  • Written by Red Baldwin, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Guitar: Keith Allison, Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Tack piano: Bobby Hart
  • Strings/horns: unknown
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Original recorded during sessions for More of the Monkees. This version was recorded for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees but later rejected.
  • Recorded at United Recorders, Hollywood, California; December 30, 1967, and December 20, 1968

Don't Listen to Linda

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal: Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Tommy Boyce, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Strings/horns: unknown
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Originally recorded during sessions for More of the Monkees. This version recorded for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees but later rejected.
  • Recorded at United Recorders, Hollywood, California; December 31, 1967, and December 20, 1968

I Won't Be the Same Without Her

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
  • Lead/backing vocal: Michael Nesmith
  • Harmony vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Guitar/dano bass: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, Mike Deasey
  • Bass: Bob West
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman, Frank DeVito
  • Piano: Larry Knechtel
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • Recorded during sessions for The Monkees
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; July 18, 1966 (8:00 P.M.-12:00 A.M.)

Just a Game

  • Written by Micky Dolenz
  • Lead vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocal: Coco Dolenz
  • Acoustic guitar: Micky Dolenz, Tommy Tedesco
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Jim Gordon
  • Percussion: Joe Porcaro
  • Harpsichord: Michel Rubini
  • Violin: George Berres, Anatol Kaminsky, Bernard Kundell, Erno Neufeld, Nathan Ross, Joseph Stepansky
  • Cello: Armand Kaproff, Justin DiTullio, Edgar Lustgarten
  • Trumpet: Bud Brisbois, Buddy Childers, Oliver Mitchell, Ray Triscari
  • French horn: Vincent DeRosa, David Duke, Dick Perissi
  • Trombone: George Roberts
  • Flute: Ronnie Lang, Ted Nash, Bud Shank
  • Produced by Micky Dolenz
  • Written during sessions for Headquarters; recorded during sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees
  • Recorded at Western Recorders Studio #1, Hollywood, California; April 9 and June 7, 1968

Me Without You

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Gerry McGee, and Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Keyboard: Bobby Hart
  • Backing vocal/horn/calliope/tambourine: unknown
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • The style is very similar to that of The Beatles' Your Mother Should Know
  • Recorded at United Recorders, Hollywood, California; February 3 and December 20, 1968

Don't Wait for Me

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Acoustic Guitar: Harold Bradley
  • Steel Guitar: Lloyd Green
  • Bass: Bobby Dyson
  • Banjo: Sonny Osborne
  • Drums: Jerry Carrigan
  • Organ: David Briggs
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith and Felton Jarvis
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; May 29, 1968

You and I

  • Written by Bill Chadwick and David Jones
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocal: Davy Jones
  • Guitars: Bill Chadwick, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton, Neil Young
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Organ: Larry Knechtel
  • Produced by Davy Jones
  • Recorded at Wally Heider's, May 10, Sunset Sound, June 19, 21, and RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; September 20, 1968

While I Cry

  • Written/produced by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal/acoustic guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Backing vocal: unknown
  • Bass: Rick Dey
  • Drums: Eddie Hoh
  • Unknown: Keith Allison, Bill Chadwick, Harry Nilsson
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; January 14–15, 1968

Tear Drop City

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocals: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, and Ron Hicklin
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, and Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Gene Estes
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Recorded during the sessions for More of the Monkees. The song was sped up from the original recording, changing the key from G to A-flat.
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; October 26, 1966

The Girl I Left Behind Me

  • Written by Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Sedaka
  • Lead vocal: Davy Jones
  • Backing vocal: Unknown
  • Guitar: Al Gafa, Willard Suyker, Don Thomas
  • Bass: Russ Savakus
  • Drums: Herb Lovelle
  • Keyboard: Neil Sedaka
  • Violin: Leo Kahn, Julius Schachter
  • Cello: Maurice Bialkin
  • Produced by Carole Bayer Sager and Neil Sedaka
  • Recorded at Western Recorders, Studio 2, February 6, and RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; February 9, 1968

A Man Without a Dream

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
  • Lead vocal: Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Davy Jones, Don Addrisi
  • Guitar: unknown
  • Acoustic guitars: Mike Deasy, Tommy Tedesco
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Tambourine: Hal Blaine
  • Piano: Larry Knechtel, Jimmy Rowles
  • Trumpet: Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers
  • French horn: Jim Decker, Vincent DeRosa, Bill Hinshaw, Dick Perissi
  • Trombone: Bob Edmondson, Lew McCreary
  • Produced by Bones Howe
  • The song was originally attempted during the sessions for Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd..
  • Recorded at Wally Heider's Studio #3, November 7, 1968, and Western Recorders, Hollywood, California; January 10, 1969

Shorty Blackwell

  • Written by Micky Dolenz
  • Lead/backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, Coco Dolenz
  • Electric 12-String guitar: Tommy Tedesco
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums/mallet/timpani: Jim Gordon
  • Piano: Micky Dolenz, Michel Rubini
  • Violin: George Berres, Anatol Kaminsky, Bernard Kundell, Erno Neufeld, Nathan Ross, Joseph Stepansky
  • Cellos: Justin DiTullio, Armand Kaproff, Edgar Lustgarten
  • Trumpet: Bud Brisbois, Buddy Childers, and Oliver Mitchell, Ray Triscari
  • French horn: Vincent DeRosa, David Duke, Dick Perissi
  • Trombones: George Roberts, Kenny Shroyer
  • Flute: Ronnie Lang, Ted Nash, Bud Shank
  • Unknown: Bill Chadwick
  • Produced by Micky Dolenz
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, January 19 and February 15, United Recorders, February 4, and Western Recorders Studio #1, Hollywood, California; April 9, 30, May 2, and June 7, 1968

1995 bonus tracks session Information[edit]

Someday Man

  • Written by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocal: Don Addrisi
  • Electric guitar: Unknown
  • Guitars: Mike Deasy, Tommy Tedesco
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Percussion: Hal Blaine
  • Piano: Larry Knechtel, Jimmy Rowles
  • Trumpet: Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers
  • French horn: Jim Decker, Vincent DeRosa, Bill Hinshaw, Dick Perissi
  • Trombones: Bob Edmondson, Lew McCreary
  • Produced by Bones Howe
  • Recorded at Wally Heider's Studio #3, November 7, 1968, and Western Recorders, Hollywood, California; January 10, 1969

Carlisle Wheeling (Second Recorded Version)

  • Written/produced by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal/guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Bass:Chip Douglas
  • Pedal steel guitar: Orville "Red" Rhodes
  • Second known recording of "Carlisle Wheeling;" first version released on Missing Links and Music Box
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; April 5, 1968

Rosemarie (first recorded version)

  • Written/produced by Micky Dolenz
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Other personnel unknown
  • Later version released on Missing Links
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; March 1, 1968

Smile

  • Written by Davy Jones
  • Lead vocals/produced by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Davy Jones and Unknown
  • Electric guitar: Neil Young
  • Acoustic guitar: Gerry McGee
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Electric giano: Larry Knechtel
  • Later released on Music Box
  • Originally considered for, but rejected from Changes
  • Recorded at Wall Heider's, Hollywood, California; May 10, 1968

St. Matthew (early mix)

  • Written/produced by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal/electric guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Guitar: Harold Bradley, Wayne Moss
  • Steel Guitar: Lloyd Green
  • Bass: Norbert Putnam
  • Banjo: Bobby Thompson
  • Drums: Jerry Carrigan
  • Percussion/organ: Unknown
  • Piano: David Briggs
  • Violin: Buddy Spicher
  • Later mix released on Missing Links Volume Two.
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; June 2, 1968
  • Earlier version recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; February 8, 1968.

Me Without You (alternate mix)

  • A different mix of the song, featuring a fuzz guitar.

Through the Looking Glass (early mix)

  • Lacks re-mixing from December 20, 1968
  • Recorded at United Recorders, Hollywood, December 30, 1967

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (RPM)[3] 45
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[4] 26
US Billboard 200[5] 32

Single[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak
position
1969 "Tear Drop City" Billboard Hot 100 56[6]
1969 "Tear Drop City" UK Charts 47[7]
1969 "Someday Man" Billboard Hot 100 81[6]
1969 "Someday Man" UK Charts 44[7]

References[edit]